ceramic 3D-printing in architecture – WS 2021

Students learn the theory and practice of additive processes in architecture. In small projects we develop the software skills to design for 3D printing as well as to generate the print files. In the next step, individual projects of the students are worked out and their own designs are printed in model scale. Here we focus on the material ceramic. Ceramics, i.e. fired clay, is already the most widely used building material on earth in the form of bricks. With the help of new technologies, we want to rediscover this proven material: Ceramics is a sustainable, natural material that is very durable when fired, fully recyclable and with relevant material properties in terms of thermal conductivity, chemical – and high temperature resistance, low conductivity, allows interesting products.

The technology 3D printing allows us to produce novel, complex shapes and to develop our own design language for “Digital Ceramics”. In addition to geometric design possibilities, we will use glaze as a design tool or for mechanical optimization. We will experiment with translating traditional craft into digital craft, focusing on materiality, sustainability, and digital design. Focusing on ceramics and 3D printing, we will create a seamless interaction between material and machine, breaking down the boundaries between craft and digital design. After the semester, students will be able to plan, visualize, and prepare their own designs for fabrication using 3D printing. The scale of the designs ranges from furniture to facades to complete houses.

E1 Digital Ceramics

  • 3D printing with ceramics
  • CAD / Grashopper + Rhino /  PrusaSlicer/ Cura
  • Design for 3D printing
  • Ceramic model studies
  • Individual project by each student within given bounding box in 1:1